A. EVENTS (click to see details below)

1. Thur. Jan 29: Hilbert College 6th Annual Martin Luther King Lecture, Dr. Tricia Rose

2. Mon. Feb 2: PhD Dissertation Spring Workshop Begins

3. Mon. Feb 2: "Working with Survivors of Torture," Kim Griswold, Ali Kadum, and Pam Kefi

4. Wed. Feb 4: “The Voice, The Lyre, The Red Shoes, and The Power of Song: Dorothy as America’s Optimistic Orpheus," Christopher Culp, Musicology

5. Wed. Feb 11: National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Celebration

6. Thur. Feb 12: “Advancing Research on Bias-Based Bullying and Intervention Approaches”

7. Wed. Feb 25: “Faculty Fathers in the Gendered University," Margaret Sallee, Educational Leadership and Policy

8. Thur. Feb 26: “Researching Person-Centeredness: Identity, Independence, and Care,” Davina Porock, PhD, RN

9. Fri. Feb 27: "On Reviewing: A Panel Discussion of the Whys and Hows of Writing Academic Reviews"

10. Tue. Mar 3: "Is Assisted Procreation an LGBT Right?" Michael Boucai, UB Law School

11. Sat. Mar 7: “Culture and Control of Women: Remedies and Resources”

12. Tue. Mar 10: "Inclusion of Pakistani Women in STEM: Enablers and Barriers," Ramla Karim Qureshi, MSc Civil Engineering, UB & Founder, Women Engineers Pakistan

13. Tue. Apr 14: "Health Activism in the African American Community in the Late 20th Century: The Experience of the Black Panther Party," Dr. Alondra Nelson, Columbia University


B. CALL FOR PAPERS (click to see details below)

1. Sat. Jan 31 Deadline: Emily Dickinson International Society: “Dickinson in her Elements”

2. Sun. Feb 1: Reconsidering Gender, Violence and the State (Radical History Review)

3. Sun. Feb 15: Cultural Studies Association: “Proliferating Minoritized Bodies and Knowledges in the University”

4. Fri. Mar 13: "Slavery Past, Present and Future"

5. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender


C. FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS (click to see details below)

1. Gender Institute grants & fellowships

2. Fri. Feb 13, 2015 Women and Public Policy Program Fellowship

3. Rolling Deadline: Global Health Field Work Awards








1. Thurs. Jan 29: Hilbert College 6th Annual Martin Luther King Lecture, Dr. Tricia Rose
“Imagining Justice: Martin L. King, Jr. and African-American Culture of Social Change”
4:00 pm, William E. Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, Hamburg

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Hilbert College is pleased to invite you to our 6th annual MLK Commemoration Lecture that celebrates the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The address will be given by Dr. Tricia Rose who is a highly praised author, commentator, and social critic who is known for her groundbreaking work on hip-hop culture. Her first book on Hip Hop--Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America--was listed as one of the “Top Books of the Twentieth Century” by Black Issues in Higher Education and is considered a foundational book in the history and study of hip hop.

Hilbert College will host her keynote address “Imagining Justice: Martin L. King, Jr., and African-American Culture of Social Change” on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the William E. Swan Auditorium with a book signing and reception to follow. Dr. Rose’s talk will consider the inspiring role African American popular culture has played as a sustaining force against racism as well as creative fuel for imagining a more just and inclusive society. Rose will share some hallmarks of this legacy, including Martin King’s singular contributions, identify challenges we face today and ask what we can do to keep this tradition alive.

For more information, or to make advance reservations, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at oma@hilbert.edu or (716)  (716) 649-7900 ext. 243.


2. Mon. Feb 2: PhD Dissertation Spring Workshop (Feb 2 - May 4, 2015)
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 207 Commons (The Gender Institute), North Campus

Meeting on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Gender Institute's Ph.D. Dissertation Workshop provides a supportive, rigorous structure for Ph.D. students who are writing dissertations on topics related to women, gender, and/or sexuality. Participants make steady, demonstrable progress each week by meeting to write, discuss their work, and report on their progress. Each workshop begins with two hours of writing followed by discussion over lunch. (A light lunch is provided by the Gender Institute.) The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Staunch commitment to the weekly meetings is required for participation; more than two missed sessions will result in dismissal from the workshop.

For more information or to register, contact the workshop's facilitator, Tina Žigon, at tzigon@buffalo.edu.

** Presently the spring workshop is full, but registrations are being accepted for the waiting list and for the summer session.


3. Mon. Feb 2: Global to Local luncheon series: "Working with Survivors of Torture"
12:30 - 1:30 pm, 684 Baldy Hall UB North Campus Free  

The interdisciplinary team working at the WNY Center for Survivors of Torture addresses the complex medical, psychological, immigration, legal and social service needs of an estimated 15,000 torture survivors in Western New York. This initiative serves survivors of political and state-sponsored torture with a goal to increase self-sufficiency and support the healing process. Presenters will discuss the center's mission, model of care, common challenges in their work, and their unique experiences working collaboratively with the population they serve.

Presented by: Kim Griswold, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Social and Preventive Medicine at UB, Pam Kefi of Jewish Family Service, and Ali Kadhum, Chair of the Iraqi American Society and founder of BIREC.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Sacco at smsacco@buffalo.edu .

Save the dates for:

Mar 2: Discussion via Skype with Lacey Sloan, Associate Professor of Social Work at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Apr 6: "Migration of the Americas: How and Why Latin American People See a New Life in the Frozen North," Claudia Chesi

***If you are looking for some incredible experience, then consider joining the planning committee for this year's World Refugee Day, taking place June 20 - 21. Several committee members are needed to help with organizing, coordinating vendors and performers, publicity, fundraising, outreach, and logistics, among other efforts. The planning committee meets every other Wednesday at 5:30pm. This commitment requires approx. 1 - 2 hours per week. For more information, please contact UB SSW alumnus Ali Kadhum at alikadhu@buffalo.edu. He will also be one of the presenters at February's luncheon!


4. Wed. Feb 4: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: "The Voice, The Lyre, The Red Shoes, and The Power of Song: Dorothy as America’s Optimistic Orpheus," Christopher Culp, Musicology, UB

12:00 - 1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons (The Gender Institute), North Campus 

The Wizard of Oz (1939) is thoroughly lodged into the American psyche. At the center of the film is Dorothy, a mild-mannered girl with the gift of song and a set of powerful shoes. Citizens of Oz continually question the nature of her power within their world, though she constantly exclaims that she’s “not a witch.” My research aims to articulate a constellation of myths and fairy tales as a way of understanding Dorothy’s power through her relationship to music and performance. To do this, I will compare Dorothy’s story with that of Hans Christen Andersen’s tale, “The Red Shoes,” the film The Red Shoes, and the Orpheus myth, among others. Each articulates a violent disciplining of the feminine body, most often by dismemberment, yet admit a drastic power contained within that body as sound-producer. I aim to tie these towards the particularly American tropes within the film in order to examine if Dorothy really is America’s Orpheus and what kind of model of femininity she embodies and engenders within the American Dream.

Sponsored by the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop and the Gender Institute.  Lunch will be provided.


5. Wed. Feb 11: National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Celebration
3:00 pm, Millenium Hotel, Cheektowaga
$10 fee, (Free with College ID * online registration required)

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration at the State University of New York, Buffalo. The Division of Athletics has planned activities designed to educate the campus and surrounding communities on the importance of female participation in sports and the impact that Title IX has had on female athletic opportunities all over the United States. Our celebration is highlighted by a Women in Sports Symposium on Feb. 11, 2015.

Women in Sports Symposium: Champion Leadership: Game On!
On February 11, 2015 UB will host its third annual Women in Sports Symposium in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The symposium is geared to educate, empower and inspire women in sports and sport related fields and targets coaches from all levels, administrators, athletic staff, and graduate students interested in careers in athletics. Men are encouraged to attend.

The symposium includes a keynote address by Pennsylvania State University Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, workshops facilitated by local athletic trailblazers and a networking reception.

Tickets*: General Public: $10 - Purchase Online or Print & Mail in Registration/Payment College Students (undergraduate/graduate): Free with Valid Student ID (registration form must also be filled out)

*Registration includes a voucher to any home regular-season women's basketball game. Vouchers will be handed out at the event.


6. Thur. Feb 12: 2014 - 2015 Colloquium Series: "Advancing Research on Bias-Based Bullying and Intervention Approaches, V. Paul Poteat, Counseling and Developmental Psychology, Boston College, Recipient of the 2014 Alberti Center Early Career Award
11:30 - 12:45 pm, 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus Free

Despite general advances in school-based anti-bullying programs and policies, homophobic behavior and other forms of bias-based bullying remain a widespread concern. This presentation highlights emerging findings that show the exponentially negative effects of bias-based bullying, individual and contextual factors that contribute to its perpetuation, and research that suggests ways to counter this behavior and that could promote resilience among youth. Based on these findings, policy and programming implications will be discussed. Brown Bag lunch, light refreshments provided. Presented by the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.

This is a free event, but registration is required by Tues, Feb 10. Register here: www.gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter/events/colloquium


7. Wed. Feb 25: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: “Faculty Fathers in the Gendered University," Margaret Sallee, Educational Leadership and Policy, UB
12:00 - 1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons (The Gender Institute), North Campus Free

Over the past several decades, colleges and universities have increased their attention to family-friendly policies and programs, though have primarily targeted their efforts toward the needs of mothers. In her new book, Faculty Fathers: Toward A New Ideal in the Research University, Margaret Sallee considers the experiences of another part of the population. Based on interviews with 70 faculty fathers at four research universities around the United States, Sallee uses theories of hegemonic masculinity, the ideal worker, and the gendered organization to explore how men have been neglected by institutional efforts and the challenges they face when trying to navigate the demands of work and family.

Sponsored by the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop and the Gender Institute.  Lunch will be provided.


8. Thurs. Feb 26: The Research on Aging Series: “Researching Person-Centeredness: Identity, Independence, and Care,” Davina Porock, PhD, RN
3:00 - 4:30 pm, 214 Parker Hall, University at Buffalo, South Campus
(Free parking in Parker Lot, access from Winspear Ave)
Davina Porock, PhD, RN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research; Director, Center for Nursing Research; Director, Institute for Person-Centered Care, UB

For the older adult who is physically frail or cognitively impaired, sustaining integrity of personhood becomes increasingly difficult as “care” is increasingly required. This session will explore identity and stigma in this group with a particular emphasis on the person living with dementia. The Research on Aging Series is organized by the UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative, the Institute for Person-Centered Care, and the UB School of Social Work’s Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice.

Cosponsorship by the UB Gender Institute is gratefully acknowledged. RSVP requested to Laura Mangan at CEPPrsvp@buffalo.edu or call 645-5376


9. Fri. Feb 27: Panel discussion: "On Reviewing: The Whys and Hows of Writing Academic Reviews"
1:30 to 3:30 pm, Capen 107, Honor’s College Colloquium Room, UB North Campus Free

We all know how important it is to receive reviews of our work, yet academia offers little training to reviewers and few formal insights into best and worst reviewing practices. Junior faculty are often told that reviewing doesn’t “count” much toward tenure or promotion, and yet many senior faculty invest a lot of their valuable time in reviewing.
Why? Three full professors will discuss their motivations for and experiences with serving as reviewers of books, manuscripts, and grant applications. Then they will present their distinctive perspectives on how to review, addressing such issues as whether and how to provide negative feedback, how to maximize the helpfulness of your review, and how to keep your investment of time commensurate with the professional benefits of the task at hand.

Prof. Graham Hammill, English
Prof. Carolyn Korsmeyer, Philosophy
Prof. Kari Winter, Gender Institute/American Studies

10. Tue. Mar 3: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: "Is Assisted Procreation an LGBT Right?" Michael Boucai, Assoc. Professor, UB Law School
12:00 - 1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons (The Gender Institute), North Campus Free

Given the inherent sterility of same-sex relationships, LGBT people seem like an obvious constituency for easy and affordable access to assisted reproductive technologies. Should the LGBT movement take up this cause in the name of satisfying individual preferences and challenging traditional kinship models? Or would doing so represent (to quote Michael Warner's take on gay marriage) "a repudiation of queer culture's best insights"?

Sponsored by the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop and the Gender Institute.  Lunch will be provided.


11. Sat. Mar 7: “Culture and Control of Women: Remedies and Resources"
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, 106 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus

This conference is designed to examine some of the injustices and violence perpetrated on women globally and to also explore resources and remedies in answering the imperative question: "What is to be done?" These illegal human rights violations include honor killings, sex trafficking, child and slave brides, female genital mutilation, stoning of women, domestic violence, acid pouring, forced suicide, discrimination, lack of access to education and employment opportunities, lack of autonomy, unjust social and cultural restraints, unjust family laws and child custody, and many other atrocities.

The conference is presented by the Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women in conjunction with the University at Buffalo School of Law, the Institute for Research & Education on Women and Gender, The International Institute, The Family Justice Center, Buffalo Public Schools, and others. The program will include the screening of the documentary film Honor Diaries that will be led by two of its producers, a Declaration of Equalities by Nadia Shahram, a panel discussion, art exhibit, and more. The full agenda for the event is still pending, and we will post it ASAP.

For more information contact Nadia Shahram, Esq. at attorneynadia@gmail.com. Register at coalitionformoslemwomen@gmail.com, or respond on this Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/o9b5ttr

This is a free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Sponsored by The Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women, UB School of Law, and The Gender Institute.


12. Tue. Mar 10: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: "Inclusion of Pakistani Women in STEM: Enablers and Barriers," Ramla Karim Qureshi, MSc Civil Engineering, UB & Founder, Women Engineers Pakistan
12:00 - 1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons (The Gender Institute), North Campus Free

The dearth of engineering talent is a major concern not just in Pakistan, but the world over. It is now imperative for the industry to rapidly attract more women into engineering to increase its talent pool. In Pakistan, women make up over half of the population. This ratio should ideally equate to fifty percent or more of engineers, designers, technologists, scientists and inventors. Unfortunately, the country faces a humongous gender gap. The Women Engineers Pakistan (WEP) believes that the prevalent lack of gender balance within Pakistani engineering sectors can be alleviated by the following initiatives:

1. Increasing representation of women in engineering by encouraging the notion of diversity.
2. Educating about career choices in engineering
3. Promoting liaison between Industry and student-bodies
4. Inspiring younger generations about engineering by highlighting success of women in Engineering & Technology.
5. Determining & advocating for the essential needs of women engineers in Pakistan
6. Featuring scholarships and awards pertinent to engineering on regular basis and
7. Engaging and activating Alumni connections to facilitate smoother graduate-to-employer correspondence.

This talk will be centered on the enablers and barriers faced in the path of including women in STEM fields and the best methods for conducting above mentioned methodologies.

Sponsored by the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop and the Gender Institute.  Lunch will be provided.


13. Tue. Apr 14: The Annual African American Studies Lecture:
"Health Activism in the African American Community in the Late 20th Century: The Experience of the Black Panther Party,"
Dr. Alondra Nelson, Columbia University Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Dean of the College of Social Science

More details TBA.


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1. Sat. Jan 31 Deadline: Emily Dickinson International Society: “Dickinson in her Elements”

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor a critical institute in conjunction with its Annual Meeting. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays and conference papers with established Dickinson scholars. The topic for this year¹s meeting is “Dickinson in her Elements." Applicants working on Dickinson¹s writings in relation to the physical sciences (botany, geology, astronomy, etc.), agriculture, natural and built environments, etc. are encouraged to apply, submissions on all topics will be considered. We welcome applications from graduate students, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and tenure-track/tenured professors. Please submit a short cv and an abstract (300-350 words) to Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Alexandra Socarides (socaridesa@missouri.edu) by January 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified by email in February; selected participants will be asked to circulate conference-length (8-10 page) papers to their workshop group by June 15th.


2. Sun. Feb 1, 2015 Deadline: Reconsidering Gender, Violence and the State (Radical History Review)

This special issue of Radical History Review invites critical reflection on gendered violence as a historical, intersectional topic of lasting significance. How have conceptions of masculinity and femininity over time informed the persistence of and punishments for gendered violence? What do the archives reveal about the larger structural factors that perpetuate gendered violence? How have feminist and queer organizing efforts to protect and/or avenge victims, further complicated the legal, penal, and legislative efforts to address gendered violence?

Building on contemporary debates and conversations about feminism, its evolving critique of violence, and some of its blind spots, this issue of Radical History Review seeks to reanimate conversations about gender, violence, resistance, victimization, and the role of the state as arbiter among these categories. We hope to engage histories that reveal how gender and violence are mutually constituted categories of personal, political, cultural and legal subjectivity. And we hope to reconsider the ways in which violence --and narratives of violence--can be used to uphold, resist or reshape the ordering structures of the State.

The RHR seeks scholarly, monographic research articles, but we also encourage such non-traditional contributions as photo essays, film and book review essays, interviews, brief interventions, "conversations" between scholars and/or activists, and teaching notes and annotated course syllabi for our Teaching Radical History section. Preliminary inquiries can be sent to Lisa Arellano (larellan@colby.edu), Amanda Frisken (frisken@oldwestbury.edu), and Erica Ball (eball@fullerton.edu).

For more information see the attached pdf here.


3. Sun. Feb 15, 2015 Deadline: Cultural Studies Association: “Proliferating Minoritized Bodies and Knowledges in the University”

Grace Hong follows the tradition of Barbara Christian and Black feminists to argue that we must interrogate the standards by which knowledges are valued and legitimized. Since women of color feminism and queer of color critique query what remains subjugated and unknowable, these analytics remain illegible under neoliberal standards of academic excellence. Yet, these analytics remain vital insofar as they foreground minoritized knowledges that trouble the logic of institutionality that actively inhibits the flourishing of students and faculty of color. We invite abstracts that think imaginatively about myriad ways in which we may create the conditions for proliferating minoritized knowledges and bodies within the university. How might cultural productions provide ways of imagining and materializing these conditions? In addition to submissions that directly address this topic, we encourage applicants to submit abstracts for an open panel broadly pertaining to (women + queer) of color critique.

For more information: http://www.fsrinc.org/blog/call-papers-panels-proliferating-minoritized-bodies-and-knowledges


4. Fri. Mar 13, 2015 Deadline: The Slavery Past, Present and Future Project: 1st Global Meeting Tuesday 7th July – Thursday 9th July 2015 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

It is an unfortunate truth that slavery, in one form or another, exists in almost all human societies. The 2014 United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, for example, claims that virtually every country in the world is now a source, transit, or destination point for human trafficking, which it describes as a “modern form of slavery.”

Is slavery an inevitable part of the human condition? This conference will explore slavery in all its dimensions and, in particular, the ways in which we understand and attempt to respond to it.

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:

Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday, May 22, 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs. For the complete CFP and submission information, click here:


Organising Chairs:

Karen E. Bravo: kbravo@iupui.edu

Kari Winter: kwinter2@buffalo.edu

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.


5. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender, Texas State University

Texas State University JRWG Mission: Promote critical dialogue about experiences of women and persons of various gender identities in diverse cultural contexts. The Journal welcomes manuscripts that give voice to the unique and varied expressions of women and various genders. It is an interdisciplinary publication that welcomes qualitative research, pedagogical work and creative projects.

Interested in being a reviewer or submitting a manuscript? Register here: https://journals.tdl.org/jrwg/index.php/jrwg/user/register

For questions contact the editor: Dr. Audwin Anderson: AA04@txstate.edu, 512-245.2361

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1. Gender Institute Faculty Research Grants

For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship


2. Women and Public Policy Program Fellowship

Deadline: February 13, 2015

WAPPP [Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard] offers non-stipendiary fellowships to exceptional scholars and practitioners who are conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP’s four focal areas (economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education). By conducting research and engaging with faculty and students at Harvard Kennedy School and beyond, the fellows enrich the intellectual life of the center. In past years, the fellowship program has brought together a diverse set of people from academic and professional fields, and supported their studies related to gender. The mission of the fellowship is to support and advance academic and practitioner scholars in their gender-related research.

For more information: http://us1.campaignarchive2.com/?u=eb78de0c7b7f8abf929af7a3a&id=cbd55e9dc1


3. Global Health Field Work Awards

Rolling Deadline

The Office of Global Health Initiatives offers Global Health Field Work Awards to students interested in implementing public health initiatives or to conduct research in resource-poor settings. $500 data-based projects and $2,500 international fieldwork projects are available. Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now!

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Early Modern Research Workshop

Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop



ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT: If you are organizing an event related to women and/or gender that you would like the Gender Institute to help publicize, please send an email with the following information to Becky Burke (rburke2@buffalo.edu).

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